It’s amazing to think that yoga, which has been around for more than 5,000 years, has seen the number of Americans practicing the art increase more than 50 percent in the past five years.
What took them so long?
If you’re new to yoga or just looking for a new studio, we’ve rounded up five of the most popular in town. Plus, some places to buy yoga wear. It’s your one-stop Lake and City Homes yoga extravaganza!
If you’re looking for a yoga studio where you can spread out, check out Earthview Yoga in Madison’s Tenney-Lapham neighborhood. The studio is huge – maybe the biggest we’ve ever seen.
Madison yogis also enjoy the variety of classes, the amazing teachers and the positive energy.
First-timers can take advantage of Earthview’s introductory special -- 30 days of unlimited yoga for $44. The drop-in rate for everyone is $19 and the studio offers 5-class, 10-class and 20-class passes. Check Groupon before signing up, though, because Earthview sometimes offers specials there.
You’ll find Earthview Yoga above Festival Foods at 834 E. Washington Ave. Use the door on Livingston and head upstairs. Get more information online at earthviewyoga.com.
Bliss-Flow Yoga and Wellness
If we had to sum up the studio at Bliss-Flow in one word it would be “pretty.” Gorgeous floors, soft lighting and an overall welcoming vibe.
Bliss-Flow is a popular studio so expect crowds for the more popular classes, such as the Happy Hour Yoga and Power Flow classes.
We like the introductory offer -- $10 for one week of unlimited yoga (available only to new students who are local residents). Single classes are $17 and they offer annual memberships as well.
We also like being able to pay and sign up for a class online.
Bliss-Flow Yoga and Wellness is located in Sunset Village at 3527 University Ave. or find them online at blissflowyoga.com.
Inner Fire Yoga
Inner Fire Yoga is another studio that feels our pain when it comes to paying for our practice and offers Living Social discounts. But that’s not all to like about one of Madison’s most popular hot yoga studios.
Chosen by Isthmus readers as their favorite yoga studio, Inner Fire offers great teachers, super front desk service and welcoming facilities.
Yelp reviewers like the sweet smell, even with the hottest yoga. And, if you can’t stand the heat, the studio also offers cooler ways to practice.
Inner Fire Yoga offers two studios, West, at 5003 University Ave. and Campus, at 777 University Ave. in Madison. Find them online at innerfireyoga.com.
Located in the historic Machinery Row Building (with an additional studio at 701 N. High Point Rd.), yoga at The Studio offers more than just the opportunity to practice. How about yoga with a view of Lake Monona? The gorgeous atmosphere alone will put you in a pre-yoga groove.
Ok, back to your practice. At The Studio, you can participated in both heated and non-heated classes and choose from a large array of times from which to choose. View the schedule online, here.
Maybe we missed them, but we didn’t see prices anywhere on the website, so call before signing up for a class. Visit The Studio on the web at thestudiomadison.com.
Dragonfly Hot Yoga
They had us at the home page of their website” “every shape, every size, every person.” You can’t more inclusive than that and, if you’re just starting yoga, inclusiveness and acceptance are important. By the way, the studio offers a free initial visit and a first-month membership at only $40. Plus, there’s a New Student Guide on their website devoted to getting the rookie started down the road to yoga bliss.
Dragonfly Hot Yoga is much more than a welcoming environment for the newbie, however. Take a look at the classes on offer and even the most experienced yogi will find a home here. The fundraisers (like the benefit for the organization who provides yoga for those in substance-abuse recovery) and events are amazing.
The proper clothes are important for a successful yoga practice. The last thing you need when you’re trying to remain in the flow is to be tugging down your shirt or worried that your pants are giving the yogi behind you an R- rated view.
Madison is loaded with cool places to gear up, or go online and shop virtually.
lululemon athletica – Hilldale Mall
Athleta – West Towne Mall
The Sweat Store – World-class customer service. Visit online at thesweatstore.com
Yoga Outlet – Stuff for guys too! yogaoutlet.com